Troy Berning for Becker School Board
My wife, Kristin, and I moved our family to Becker in 2003 for more open spaces and smaller schools. We've been here for nearly 20 years now and have no regrets! Becker has been good to our family, providing the small town feel that we were seeking.
Over the past 20 years our family has grown and flourished in Becker. We have 4 children, the youngest of which we adopted from South Korea. Kristin and I have taken an active role in our kids' lives through our involvement with youth sports where I coached youth baseball and helped with youth wrestling and Kristin coached youth soccer. The past few years we have spent more time in the stands rather than on the field as our children made their way through high school sports. Our oldest three children have graduated from Becker and are building careers and families of their own. Our youngest will be a junior this year and is looking forward to her last couple of years in high school and all the excitement that comes along with that time of life.
I am not a politician, and my career has not been in or around education. My background is in information technology and until recently I owned and operated my own consulting firm where I contracted with large corporations around the country helping them design, build, implement and integrate computer systems. This last spring, I accepted a full-time position for a company for the first time in nearly 20 years. So far so good!
So, why volunteer to fill an open school board position and then run for election to the school board? The short answer is to try and give back to the community that has been our home for the past 20 years. The longer answer is that I've spoken to school employees and parents of students at Becker and have heard from them that they are concerned with the direction of the school over the past few years. Many aspects of our school remain great, but some seem to be losing focus on our core responsibility of providing a well-rounded education and are drifting more into politics and activism. This is not surprising given how everything seems to have become more political recently. I believe that by listening to the broader community and not just special interest groups and by working closely with my fellow board members, teachers, and administrators that we can make the necessary course corrections.
If elected I will do my best to make sure that Becker schools are a safe and welcoming place for all students, a place where parents can be confident that their children will be taught the agreed to curriculum free from any personal bias and politics, and a place where students receive the well-rounded education that prepares them for their next step in life.